MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4) – Search and rescue crews with the Colorado Task Force were training for severe weather disasters on Tuesday.

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The exercises took place at Bear Creek Lake Park in Morrison. Teams practiced with a new GPS system that will help make search efforts faster and more efficient.

“We’ve got several live role players, volunteers that came out; we try to make these exercises as realistic as possible,” said Kevin Warren, Rescue Team Manager. “It keeps the dogs excited and gives the rescuers some more people to look for.”

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The task force says such exercises help them figure out what training is needed for future rescues.